What Made Baba Amte Dedicate Himself to Rid Society of Leprosy Scourge

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Baba Amte’s full name was Murlidhar Devidas Amte.

His meeting with Mahatma Gandhi during the Quit India Movement changed his life.

Many Indian social workers have done incredible work and contributed to the betterment of the nation. Baba Amte’s work for leprosy patients earned him due respect. The activist set up several shelters for leprosy patients. In addition, he participated in the Wildlife Conservation and Narmada Bachao movement.

Amte was known as the modern Gandhi for his work style, philosophy of life and compassionate service. His work and contributions are commemorated on 9 February.

His dedication to leprosy patients

Baba Amte did not choose the easy way. There was a time when leprosy was an unusual and incurable disease and people suffering from this disease were abandoned by society and their families. The disease was considered contagious and Baba Amte was there to help such people.

Lived as a prince in childhood

Baba Amte’s full name was Murlidhar Devidas Amte. He was born on 26th December 1914 in Hinganghat village of Wardha, Maharashtra to a Deshastha Brahmin family. His father was Devidas Harbaji Amte. His father was a landowner and his childhood was spent in royalties.

He loved movies and cars

He was quite a boy, at the age of 14 he had his rifle and he was harassing bears and deer. He loved to drive cars and watch Hollywood movies. He wrote excellent reviews of English films. He was also good at studies and completed his law degree MA LLB and also practiced law for several days.

How did that change?

Baba Amte took a stand as an advocate for Indian leaders participating in the Quit India Movement. During this period he met Gandhiji and became his follower. He was very much influenced by Gandhiji and Vinoba Bhave.

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